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Reading Action Programme

In 2012-13, International President Wayne Madden initiated a programme called Action for Reading and his challenge was taken up by Lions Clubs everywhere. This is a brilliant programme in which we can all be involved.

The ability to read and write is the foundation for education and social development.  Yet hundreds of millions of adults lack minimum literacy skills and millions of school aged children are not attending school to obtain them.

The Reading Action Program is a 10-year commitment to increasing reading and literacy rates. It’s a call to action for every Lions club around the world to organize service projects and activities that recognise the importance of reading and address specific needs related to illiteracy within their own community. Don’t forget to register your service activities on LCI as they count towards your Centennial Challenge.

The City of Edinburgh Lions collected books from clubs in the District and donated them to the Edinburgh Girls School in Malawi where they are being put to good use.

Project ideas

Ideally clubs should nominate a member or a committee to drive ideas forward – to collect and donate books to local nursery schools and Adult Literacy centres. To be proactive in understanding the literacy needs of your local community. Become a volunteer reader for adults in Adult Literacy classes. There are lots of resources and ideas online. Get involved!

Words for Life 

The Reading Agency – Lions Clubs could support the Summer Reading Challenge for children and adults

Young Volunteers 

World Book Day in March each year

Lions in District NE can make a difference in the lives of others. Let’s take up the challenge!

Lion Andrew

Andrew Kerr Sutherland

Services for Children Officer

Chair, Reading Action Programme

District Convention 2018



Convention in 2018 took place in Northallerton from 16th to 18th November at The Golden Lion Hotel. For the full story of this the final 105NE Convention follow this link

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